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BUFFY the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
BUFFY the Vampire Slayer
Written by
Joss Whedon
Directed by
Fran Rubel Kuzui
CAST
Buffy Summers
Merrick
Lothos
Pike
Amilyn
Benny
Kimberly
Nicole
Jennifer
Jeffrey
Cassandra
Andy
Grueller
Principal Murray
Basketball Coach
Basketball Player
Joyce Summers
Hank Summers
Zeph
Charlotte
Knight
Reporter
Robert Berman
Vampire Fan
Graveyard Vampiress
Newscaster
Referee
Cheerleader
Biker
Student
Bloody Student
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KRISTY SWANSON
DONALD SUTHERLAND
RUTGER HAUER
LUKE PERRY
PAUL REUBENS
DAVID ARQUETTE
HILARY SWANK
PARIS VAUGHAN
MICHELLE ABRAMS
RANDALL BATINKOFF
NATASHA GREGSON WAGNER
ANDREW LOWERY
SASHA JENSON
STEPHEN ROOT
MARK DeCARLO
BEN AFFLECK
CANDY CLARK
JAMES PARADISE
TOM JANES
RICKI LAKE
DAVID SHERRILL
LIZ SMITH
PAUL M. LANE
TOBY HOLGUIN
EURLYNE EPPER-WOLDMAN
ANDRE WARREN
BOB “SWANIE” SWANSON
ERIKA DITTNER
J.C. COLE
MICHAEL C. KOPELOW
RICKY DEAN LOGAN
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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INT. MEDIEVAL CASTLE— NIGHT
1
A young noblewoman stands before an older man who is dressed in dark flowing
robes.
TITLE CARD:
Europe:
The Dark Ages
NARRATOR
(v.o.)
Since the dawn of man, the vampires have walked among us—
killing, feeding. The only one with the strength and skill to stop
their heinous evil is the Slayer— she who bears the birthmark of
the coven. Trained by the Watcher, one Slayer dies and the next
is chosen.
The robed man stands and hands the young woman an ornately carved wooden
dagger. She takes it reverently as the man kneels before her.
SLAYER
And I shall be His sword.
WATCHER
Let Satan tremble. The Slayer is born.
The Watcher bows his head in reverence to her as the Slayer raises the dagger
above her head. Lightning flashes outside and, in the strobe, we
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INT. HEMERY HIGH SCHOOL (PRESENT)— GYMNASIUM— DAY
2
The dagger instantly changes to a cheerleader’s pom-pom. Pull back to reveal a
squad of high school cheerleaders in mid-routine. They jump, bounce and grind as
a group to a frantic hip-hop beat.
The head cheerleader and center of attention is BUFFY SUMMERS. She is
blonde, beautiful and popular— the quintessential southern California high school
girl. She’s a senior and rules the school.
While Buffy dances through her routine, she glances at the basketball team’s bench
and smiles at JEFFREY, her boyfriend. He smiles back, clearly pleased with the
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attention. He reluctantly turns his attention back to the team’s COACH, who is
clearly not qualified for the job.
COACH
Okay, people, they’re psyching you out. Let’s not be so
defensive out there, okay? Now what do we say on the court?
Repeat after me: “I am a person. I have a right to the ball.”
The team looks at him like he’s nuts.
COACH
Good! All right. Now here’s our key play.
He picks up a playboard and turns it upside down in confusion.
COACH
We’re gonna— uh, are we the X’s or the O’s?
ANDY
(exasperated)
We’re the O’s.
The coach flips the playboard right side up.
COACH
Oh! Oh, right. Okay…
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The squad, still doing their dance routine. The song comes to an abrupt end and
the girls run off with bubbly enthusiasm as the players take the court.
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INT. L.A. SHOPPING MALL— DAY
TITLE CARD:
Southern California:
The Lite Ages
Buffy and her three best friends, JENNIFER, KIMBERLY and NICOLE, are in
their native environment: another spending spree with their parents’ money. As
they mount the escalator to the second level concourse, Buffy turns to her friends,
complaining.
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BUFFY
Mr. Howard is so heinous. He’s always giving me a hard time. I
get a C+ on the test and he tells me “you have no sense of
history”. I have no sense of history? He wears a brown tie!
NICOLE
You got a C+? I can’t believe I cheated off of you.
BUFFY
Excuse me for not knowing about El Salvador. Like I’m ever going
to Spain anyway.
As they top the escalator, Buffy’s attention is suddenly drawn by something far
more important.
BUFFY
Oh, wow! Look at that jacket!
She makes a beeline for the store and the others follow.
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INT. SHOPPING MALL— CLOTHING STORE— DAY
4
Buffy runs up to a yellow leather jacket displayed on a mannequin.
BUFFY
Oh, this is so lush! Wouldn’t you guys just love me in this?
KIMBERLY
Guys, what’s the sitch? I’m bored.
BUFFY
(re: jacket)
What do you think?
KIMBERLY
Please! That’s so five minutes ago.
JENNIFER
Yeah!
The three girls walk out of the store, leaving Buffy disappointed.
BUFFY
Oh…
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INT. L.A. SHOPPING MALL— CONCOURSE— DAY
The girls stroll along, debating what to do with their day.
KIMBERLY
What are we doing?
BUFFY
Oh, I don’t know. Why don’t we go see a movie?
KIMBERLY
Where?
JENNIFER
Omniplex?
NICOLE
No way!
BUFFY
No THX.
NICOLE
They don’t even have Dolby.
JENNIFER
Sorry!
KIMBERLY
Beverly Center.
BUFFY
Oh, please. They show previews for porn movies.
KIMBERLY
Oh, yeah…
NICOLE
AMC?
BUFFY & KIMBERLY
(unison)
Bogus corn.
KIMBERLY
Totally stale and the ushers are like the acne patrol.
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JENNIFER
Totally.
The group reaches the elevator and Buffy pushes the call button. The doors open
and they file inside.
NICOLE
How are we thinking: Pavilion?
BUFFY
Sounds toasty. We’re going to the Pavilion.
JENNIFER
Excellent! What’s playing there?
NICOLE
I don’t know. Does it matter?
As the elevator doors begin to close, MERRICK, a tall man, late 50’s, wearing an
overcoat and a fedora stops them. The doors slide back open and he stands there,
looking expectantly at Buffy.
BUFFY
(to Merrick)
Excuse much. Rude or anything?
KIMBERLY
Nice ensemble.
NICOLE
What a homeless.
Buffy pushes the button again and the doors slide closed.
Merrick steps over to the concourse railing and looks down, watching the girls as
they head out of the mall, giggling and laughing between themselves.
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INT. HOLLYWOOD GALAXY THEATER— NIGHT
6
The four girls are watching the movie but paying little attention to it. Their gossip
continues unabated, much to the annoyance of those around them.
NICOLE
(to Buffy)
Is Jeffrey really spending the night at your house?
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BUFFY
That’s the plan.
NICOLE
Oh, what a sitch!
JENNIFER
Your parents are always going away for the weekend. You’re so
lucky. Mine don’t. I’m gonna die a virgin.
PIKE, a sardonic, rebellious type and his friend BENNY are sitting in the row
directly behind Buffy and her friends. He’s had enough of the vapid chatter and
kicks the back of Buffy’s seat.
PIKE
Hey! Would you guys shut up, please?
Buffy turns around and tosses a piece of licorice at him.
BUFFY
(sarcastic)
It could happen.
NICOLE
(mock accent)
Got a real ’tude.
PIKE
Boo! It’s the Loch Ness monster!
NICOLE
God! Take a chill lozenge.
KIMBERLY
Like we don’t have rights, too.
BUFFY
Ignore them, okay? Ignore them.
BENNY
(to Pike)
Oh, no, no! I can’t believe these people. We paid good money to
see this.
PIKE
No we didn’t.
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BENNY
Oh, yeah.
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EXT. HOLLYWOOD GALAXY THEATER— NIGHT
7
Jeffrey pulls up to the theater in his convertible with his friends ANDY and
GRUELLER in tow. Andy is hooting and cheering the whole way.
ANDY
Look at the streets. They’re all lining up for me because— I am
the king! Whoo!
GRUELLER
Hey! Look at the moon, man. It’s a huge moon. Guys, we gotta
do something tonight. We gotta go out and party!
ANDY
You know, if you spent more time at home sleeping, you’d
spend less time on the court sucking.
Grueller smacks Andy on the back of the head.
JEFFREY
(to Grueller)
You were a bonehead out there yesterday. Anyway, I’m booked.
Got to spend some quality time with the little lady.
He looks up to see Buffy waving at him from the top of the escalator. Pike and
Benny shove their way past the girls and down the steps, earning themselves
hateful glares.
ANDY
(to Jeffrey)
Pushover! You’re such a pushover.
Grueller hops out of the car.
GRUELLER
You guys, I’m blowing. Andy, you coming with me?
ANDY
No, I’ll catch a ride with Jeffrey.
GRUELLER
Later.
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Andy holds up his hand.
ANDY
Slam dunk!
Grueller slaps it and heads off. Pike walks past, shakes his head at the jocks and
keeps going just as Buffy runs up to the car. She leans across Andy and kisses
Jeffrey, her perfect butt right in Andy’s face. He looks at it with a mixture of lust
and frustration.
ANDY
Jeffrey, I don’t want to sound sexist or anything but can I
borrow her?
BUFFY
Andy!
JEFFREY
(to Andy)
No way. You’d get her dirty. (to Buffy; off her look) He would,
honey. He’s an animal.
BUFFY
See you at my house.
She smiles slyly at him, then rejoins her friends. Andy’s eyes follow her butt the
whole way and Jeffrey smacks him on the back of the head.
JEFFREY
Don’t look!
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EXT. COMMUNITY PARK— CAROUSEL— NIGHT
Grueller takes a shortcut through the dark and deserted park. He stops near the
carousel when he hears a whispered breath from somewhere in the darkness.
GRUELLER
(to himself)
Oh, man. I’m not in the mood for this. (loud) Okay, whoever’s
behind me better be gone when I turn around.
He spins around to find the vampire AMILYN, smiling down at him from his
perch atop one of the carousel horses.
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GRUELLER
What? Are you some kind of weirdo or something? Huh?
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INT. SUMMERS HOME— LIVING ROOM— NIGHT
9
The TV is on and a NEWSCASTER is in mid-report.
NEWSCASTER
The apparent cause of death was a severe neck wound that
resembled, in the words of one bystander, “a really gross
hickey”. In a related story, the body of a third slasher victim,
Jason Doofey, has disappeared from the morgue…
Pull back to reveal Jeffrey watching TV and munching on a bag of chips.
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INT. SUMMERS HOME— KITCHEN— NIGHT
10
Buffy’s parents, JOYCE and HANK, are rushing about, on their way to a country
club weekend.
HANK
(to Buffy; dismissive)
Have fun. Be good. Stay away from the Jag.
BUFFY
I know!
Joyce snaps her suitcase shut.
JOYCE
That’s everything.
Buffy heads into the living room.
BUFFY
(to Joyce)
Bye.
JOYCE
Kiss noise!
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INT. SUMMERS HOME— LIVING ROOM— NIGHT
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Buffy walks in with a bag of popcorn and a disgusted look on her face as her
parents wave on their way out. Jeffrey waves back.
JEFFREY
Bye!
Buffy sits on the couch next to him and offers popcorn.
JEFFREY
She thinks my name is Bobby?
BUFFY
It’s possible she thinks my name is Bobby.
JEFFREY
Real quality-timer, huh?
BUFFY
Mmm. Something like that.
She smiles at him and leans over for a kiss.
JEFFREY
Yeah, works for me. I mean, if they want to leave you alone in
the house, all helpless and vulnerable…
He starts kissing her neck and she responds eagerly, her arms encircling him in a
passionate embrace.
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INT. EUROPE (DARK AGES)— CITY COTTAGE— NIGHT
12
The Slayer enters to find a vampire feeding on one of his victims. She raises her
stake as the demon hisses and charges her, knocking her to the floor. The vampire
bolts out the door and down the stairs and the Slayer turns and launches herself
out the window, shattering the glass.
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EXT. EUROPEAN CITY STREET— NIGHT
The Slayer lands on top of the vampire and tackles him off his horse. She raises
the stake and plunges it into the creature’s heart, killing him.
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The Slayer looks up from the body of the dead vampire only to find four more
approaching, led by Amilyn. A voice from above draws her attention.
VOICE
(o.s.)
Oh, please! Show me a real Slayer.
The master vampire LOTHOS floats to the ground before her.
SLAYER
Lothos…
LOTHOS
Will you people never learn… we can’t be stopped.
The Slayer swings at him but he easily blocks her blow and spins her around,
bringing a knife to her throat.
LOTHOS
This is our world now.
He pulls the Slayer’s hair back and lowers his fangs to her neck.
DISSOLVE TO:
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INT. SUMMERS HOME (PRESENT)— BUFFY’S ROOM— NIGHT
14
Buffy is tossing and turning in her bed, dreams of the Slayer’s death disturbing her
sleep. She starts awake with a gasp.
BUFFY
Wow…
Realizing it was just a dream, she hugs her stuffed bear and drifts off to sleep
again.
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INT. LOTHOS’ LAIR— NIGHT
15
Amilyn approaches Lothos’ casket, set on a pedestal in the center of a great hall,
and kneels before it. Candles burn brightly all around, lending the room the feel of
a malevolent cathedral.
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AMILYN
Sleep, my Master, my own. Sleep. I have already begun building
you a new family. Soon we will be legion. When you rise, we will
claim this place as our own. Rubies will drip from your lips.
A gloved hand rises out of the casket and Amilyn kisses it reverently.
AMILYN
Soon…
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EXT. HEMERY HIGH— COURTYARD— DAY
Buffy and her entourage— Jennifer, Kimberly, Nicole and CASSANDRA— sit
down at a table in the sunny school courtyard.
BUFFY
The environment. I’m telling you, it’s totally key. The earth is in
terrible shape. We could all die. Besides, Sting’s doing it.
KIMBERLY
I thought he was doing Indians.
JENNIFER
How about the homelesses?
KIMBERLY
Aren’t there any sicknesses that aren’t so depressing?
Jeffrey and Andy arrive. Buffy smiles and kisses her boyfriend.
BUFFY
Hi!
JEFFREY
Hey, there.
ANDY
What’re you guys doing?
NICOLE
Senior dance. We need to come up with a theme.
BUFFY
It has to be a socially conscious theme.
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Cassandra reads from the student guidebook.
CASSANDRA
Yeah. “One that reflects the students’ growing awareness of and
involvement in the world around them”.
JEFFREY & ANDY
Downer!
BUFFY
I still say the environment. That’s my suggestion.
KIMBERLY
Yeah, me too.
JENNIFER
Yeah, that’s a good one.
CASSANDRA
What are the most immediate threats to the world environment
right now?
JEFFREY
Um… litter?
ANDY
Litter, yeah!
NICOLE
Forest fires?
BUFFY
Bugs?
KIMBERLY
Bugs, totally!
JENNIFER
Yeah, I hate bugs.
BUFFY
(smiles proudly)
Yeah!
CASSANDRA
Hey, guys, what do you think about the ozone layer?
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KIMBERLY
What about it?
BUFFY
Yeah, we gotta get rid of that.
The bell rings and PRINCIPAL MURRAY breaks up their think tank.
PRINCIPAL MURRAY
First bell, people. Time marches on.
JEFFREY
What’s your point?
PRINCIPAL MURRAY
Button it, Kramer.
Cassandra stands up, excited about the dance theme.
CASSANDRA
(to Buffy)
Let’s meet tonight, okay?
KIMBERLY
Café Blasé?
NICOLE
Oh, cool! We can like figure decorations and stuff.
BUFFY
(sarcastic)
I don’t know, guys… I really wanted to get a head start on my
homework.
It takes Buffy’s dim-bulb friends a second to get the fact that she’s joking. When
they do, they erupt in a torrent of giggles.
NICOLE
I love that one!
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INT. CAFE BLASE— NIGHT
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Buffy and Nicole are sitting at a table waiting for the others to show up.
NICOLE
I don’t see why we have to invite every single senior.
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BUFFY
Because it’s the senior dance… just a shot in the dark.
NICOLE
So? I mean, like why do we have to invite Nadia? She’s such a
blemish.
BUFFY
I know. You’re right— she is.
Jennifer and Kimberly arrive and Kimberly is wearing a brand-new yellow leather
jacket, the same one Buffy was admiring at the mall.
KIMBERLY
Hi.
Buffy gives her a scornful look.
KIMBERLY
What?
BUFFY
I thought that look was over?
KIMBERLY
Well, it’s… retro.
JENNIFER
Yeah, retro.
KIMBERLY
(relents)
You can borrow it sometime.
BUFFY
Okay, maybe I will. We were talking about the senior dance in
case you’re interested.
JENNIFER
(whispers)
You guys, look who’s coming.
KIMBERLY
Eeewww! Sick…
NICOLE
Ugh.
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Pike and Benny sit down at the bar not far from the girls’ booth. A waitress
arrives to take their order and Benny drops a handful of coins on her tray.
BENNY
What does it look like?
WAITRESS
Two coffees or a hot dog— nothing on it, nothing inside.
Buffy’s friends giggle like chipmunks as Buffy mouths the word “losers” to them.
WAITRESS
(to Benny)
I’m Charlotte, your waitress.
BENNY
Hi, Charlotte.
He makes the Mr. Spock “live long and prosper” sign to her and she walks off in
disgust.
BUFFY
(to Pike)
You guys are thrashed.
NICOLE
Just a little!
BENNY
(to Pike)
Are we?
Pike takes a long swig from a flask.
PIKE
That would explain the slurred speech. (to Buffy) Thanks. What’s
your name?
BUFFY
Buffy.
PIKE
Yeah, figures. I’m Pike. This is Benny. (beat; off her look) And
I’m… Pike.
BUFFY
Pike isn’t a name. It’s a fish.
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The girls crack up.
BENNY
Don’t we know you guys?
PIKE
Hey, wait a minute…
BENNY
You’re the guys from the movies!
PIKE
We hate you guys!
KIMBERLY
Like we care, I’m sure.
JENNIFER
Yeah. Boo-hoo.
The waitress brings Pike and Benny their hot dogs and he takes a bite, talking
around a mouthful of food.
PIKE
You guys— your behavior was shocking!
NICOLE
You just snuck in anyway.
JENNIFER
Yeah.
BENNY
Hey, Buffy. You hungry? I got something for ya!
He holds the hot dog in his crotch like a penis and shoves it right up in Buffy’s
face. Buffy snatches a knife off the table and with a lightning-quick flick of her
wrist, slices the hot dog neatly down the center.
BENNY
(to Pike)
Aww, man. She wasted my dog.
Pike and the girls stare at Buffy in amazement.
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EXT. HOLLYWOOD HILLS— CANYON ROAD— NIGHT
Pike and Benny are stumbling along the cliffside, slightly inebriated.
PIKE
I’ll have it running in about a week. All you need is some brake
pads… shocks, new tires, new engines… maybe.
BENNY
You’re totally drunk. When you get that car together, man, let’s
bail, get out of this town. Those rich bitches, they’re a plague.
They gotta be stopped.
PIKE
What? You didn’t like them? Give me that.
He snatches his flask from Benny.
BENNY
I mean, they’re all the same. They’re just so stuck-up. (mocking)
It’s like they’re not even human! I hate ’em.
PIKE
Yeah, but would you bone ’em?
BENNY
Yes, definitely! Definitely, please God! Especially the blonde.
Oh, I’d give my right eye for a piece of that!
PIKE
Wait. She’s not even human!
BENNY
Yes, but her yabows scoff at gravity.
PIKE
Man, you’re disgusting. You don’t even like her and you sleep
with her. What is that?
BENNY
I got a newsflash for you. (re: flask) Another shot of this and I’ll
have sex with you.
PIKE
(sarcastic)
Oh, yeah. Then you’ll never call me.
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Benny turns and looks over the edge of the cliff. The dizzying height unnerves
him.
BENNY
I think I’m gonna ralph.
PIKE
Oh, hey, Benny, I’m here for you, man.
Pike turns to help him sit up but falls over onto the ground himself.
PIKE
(laughs)
I’m here for you, Ralph.
Headlights flash into Benny’s eyes as a car pulls onto the shoulder nearby. Benny
looks up at it just as Amilyn rises up behind him, fangs glistening. The vampire
yanks Benny’s head back and sinks his teeth into Benny’s neck, pulling him over
the cliff edge and out of sight.
The car pulls to a stop next to Pike who is still lying on the ground in a drunken
stupor. Merrick gets out of the car just as Benny disappears. He looks down at
Pike for a moment, then helps him up and into his car.
MERRICK
This is not a very safe place for you to fall asleep.
PIKE
(mumbles)
Okay… mom.
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— GYMNASIUM— DAY
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Buffy is teaching her cheerleading squad the latest cheer.
BUFFY
(demonstrating)
Okay, dribble… shoot, shoot. Take that ball to the hoop, hoop.
All right.
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JENNIFER
That’s cute. I like that. (to Nicole and Buffy) Hey, guys, I was
thinking, for the senior dance, what if we made a big sign that
says “Don’t Tread On Me”? You know, on a picture of the
earth.
BUFFY
How do you not tread on the earth? I mean, you kinda have to,
right?
JENNIFER
Oh… yeah. I never thought of that.
NICOLE
I gotta bail. (to Buffy) You coming?
BUFFY
No, you guys blow. I’m waiting on Cassandra. She’s gonna help
me with my history. Wait, wait, wait… I kinda loaned her
Kimberly’s yellow leather jacket so… don’t tell her, all right?
JENNIFER
Okay, I won’t. See ya.
BUFFY
Bye.
Jennifer and Nicole head out of the door.
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Later. Buffy is practicing her gymnastic moves, executing one complicated
maneuver after another, flawlessly. She starts with a gasp when she turns and
finds Merrick staring at her from across the room.
BUFFY
Oh! God! You scared me to death. Where the hell did you come
from?
MERRICK
That was very impressive. The tumbling.
BUFFY
What? Oh. I used to do gymnastics. Are you looking for
somebody?
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MERRICK
I was looking for you, actually.
BUFFY
Why? Am I in trouble or something? ’Cause if I am, I didn’t do
it.
MERRICK
No, you’re not in trouble. I am. I’m years late. You should have
been taught, prepared. But I wasn’t certain until just now that it
was you.
BUFFY
What are you talking about?
MERRICK
I’m saying that I’ve been searching everywhere for you, Buffy.
BUFFY
(confused)
Why?
MERRICK
To bring you your birthright.
BUFFY
My birthright? Is that like a trust fund or something?
MERRICK
I think it will be easier for you to understand this birthright if I
show it to you. All right? So you come with me now… to the
graveyard.
Buffy is slightly freaked by this creepy man.
BUFFY
No, no… my trust fund’s in the graveyard? God, what’s your
damage?
MERRICK
Buffy…
BUFFY
You’re one of those skanky old men that like attacks little girls
and stuff, right? Well, forget you!
MERRICK
My name is Merrick and you have been chosen, Buffy.
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BUFFY
(sighs)
Chosen to go to the graveyard? Why don’t you just take the first
runner-up, okay?
She puts on her letter jacket and gathers her things.
MERRICK
Everything depends on you, Buffy. You must come with me
now, to the graveyard, while there’s still time.
BUFFY
Time to do what?
MERRICK
Time to stop the killing… to stop the vampires.
BUFFY
All right, let me get this straight, okay? You want me to go to the
graveyard with you because I’m the Chosen One and there are
vampires?
MERRICK
Yes.
BUFFY
Does Elvis talk to you? Does he tell you to do things? Do you
see spots?
MERRICK
Spots? Yes, of course. That’s your proof— spots. You bear the
mark. You bear the mark of the coven.
He points to her shoulder.
BUFFY
What? That big old hairy mole? Eeewww… I had that thing
removed. Besides, you knowing about my big old mole doesn’t
prove anything. Except that it’s way past medication time for
you, buddy. So why don’t you stay away from me, okay?
She grabs her bag and walks off. Merrick stops her with a question.
MERRICK
Do you dream that you are someone else, Buffy?
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BUFFY
Everybody does.
MERRICK
No, someone in the past. Someone real. A Magyar peasant girl,
perhaps… or an Indian princess? A slave?
Buffy’s suddenly not so sure of herself.
BUFFY
I was a slave…
MERRICK
In Virginia.
BUFFY
I don’t know. There was like this big farm or something. There
was this one where there were these knights and I’m a…
MERRICK
A servant girl— a bar maid.
BUFFY
Oh, my god… oh, my god! I never told anybody about this.
There’s this one where there’s this man— I think he’s a man,
he’s in my dreams sometimes— and I’m fighting him… always
fighting. But he’s so strong.
MERRICK
His name is Lothos.
BUFFY
How do you know all this?
MERRICK
Because it is your birthright and I am a part of it. Come with me
to the graveyard and I will show you.
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EXT. LOS ANGELES CEMETERY— NIGHT
20
Buffy and Merrick enter the cemetery and make their way among the crypts and
headstones.
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BUFFY
I can’t believe I’m doing this. I can’t believe I’m in a graveyard
with a strange man hunting for vampires on a school night.
Eewww…
MERRICK
Why did you never tell anyone about your dreams?
BUFFY
Oh, right! Tell everybody I’m crazy? Beauty idea.
She suddenly grabs her abdomen in pain.
MERRICK
Cramps?
BUFFY
None of your business. God!
Merrick stops before a fresh grave.
MERRICK
This is it. Robert Berman was killed three days ago. His body
was found in the bushes by the canal. Extensive tissue damage…
tearing… at the neck and shoulders. Take these.
He hands Buffy a long and pointed piece of wood and a crucifix.
BUFFY
Wait a minute…
MERRICK
No, you won’t have to do anything. They’re just for your
protection. Sit there.
He points to a spot on the ground in front of Berman’s grave and Buffy
reluctantly complies.
MERRICK
I just need you to watch.
BUFFY
All right. What do we do now?
MERRICK
We wait for Robert Berman to wake up.
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BUFFY
Do you have any gum?
Merrick can’t believe she’s so vapid.
MERRICK
(sighs)
No.
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EXT. HEMERY HIGH— PARKING LOT— NIGHT
21
Cassandra is leaving school, heading for her car. She stops and looks around in
confusion when a sudden breeze springs up and laughter echoes down from above.
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EXT. LOS ANGELES CEMETERY— NIGHT
22
Buffy is still waiting with Merrick. She sighs with boredom, then her attention is
suddenly drawn to the grave where the dirt falls away and a hand emerges, clawing
its way up.
Buffy jumps up and backs away in terror as Robert Berman erupts from the
ground with a snarl of rage. Merrick takes out a stake of his own and approaches
the vampire from behind as he stalks Buffy.
The vampire sense Merrick and suddenly turns and tackles him.
MERRICK
Buffy!
Buffy watches, dumbstruck, as they wrestle on the ground. She backs away, onto
a second fresh grave. Another pair of hands shoots out of the ground and grabs her
ankles as a female vampire rises and attacks.
Buffy kicks the creature in the head and breaks free as Merrick flips Berman off of
him. Berman grabs Merrick and tries to bite him but Merrick manages to shove
him off and into Buffy who reflexively stakes him through the back.
Berman drops to the ground, dead, and Buffy stares down at him in shock. She
has little time to take it in, however. The female vampire races up behind her.
Merrick tosses Buffy his stake.
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MERRICK
Behind you.
Buffy deftly catches the stake, spins around and rams it through the vampire’s
chest in one fluid motion.
Gasping and out of breath, she looks over at Merrick in shock and confusion.
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EXT. ZEPH’S AUTO SHOP— NIGHT
23
Establishing. Music comes from an upstairs room.
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INT. ZEPH’S AUTO SHOP— PIKE’S ROOM— NIGHT
Pike is asleep in his bedroom over the auto-repair shop where he works, the stereo
blaring rock music. He stirs at the sound of rapping on the window and sits up to
find Benny outside, knocking.
BENNY
Pike!
PIKE
Ben? Where you been, man? I tried to call your house like fifty
times.
He staggers out of bed and goes over to the window.
BENNY
Hanging.
PIKE
Hanging? You left me hanging. I almost pulled a Hendrix.
BENNY
Come on, let me in.
PIKE
This weird guy gave me a ride home. I thought he was gonna hit
on me.
Pike tries to open the window for him but it’s stuck.
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BENNY
Come on, invite me in, Pike.
Pike looks up at him, suddenly realizing something’s not right here.
PIKE
Wait a minute, man. What’s wrong with you?
BENNY
I’m fine.
PIKE
You look like shit, man.
BENNY
Well, I feel… pretty.
He spreads his arms and slides back and forth. Pike looks down at Benny’s feet.
PIKE
You on something?
BENNY
No.
Pull back to reveal Benny is floating in mid-air outside Pike’s second-story
window. Benny laughs maniacally.
BENNY
Let me in, Pike. I’m hungry!
PIKE
Go home, Ben.
BENNY
But I’m hungry!
PIKE
You’re floating! Come on, man! Get away from here.
BENNY
I’m hungry! I’m hungry! I’m hungry!
Benny laughs again as Pike backs away from the window.
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EXT. SUMMERS HOME— NIGHT
25
Merrick’s car pulls into the Summers’ driveway and Buffy gets out.
MERRICK
Now, Buffy, you go to school tomorrow and act normally. Don’t
let anyone know you know what’s happening. This is important.
Because once the vampires find out who you are, you won’t be
hunting them anymore. You understand? They mustn’t know
your name.
This is all a lot for Buffy to absorb.
BUFFY
All right…
Merrick hands her a card.
MERRICK
Meet me at this address tomorrow after school.
BUFFY
I have cheerleading practice, okay?
MERRICK
You’re going to have to skip it.
That’s not what Buffy wanted to hear. She fumes for a moment.
BUFFY
They can’t come in unless you invite them in. Is that true?
MERRICK
(nods)
That’s true.
BUFFY
Good.
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INT. SUMMERS HOME— FOYER— NIGHT
Buffy enters and quietly closes the door behind her. She quickly heads for the
stairs but her mother intercepts her.
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JOYCE
Do you know what time it is?
BUFFY
(hesitant)
Around ten?
JOYCE
(re: her watch)
Oh! I knew this thing was slow. You pay a fortune for
something… (yells; to Hank) Honey, come on! We’re gonna be
late.
Disgusted, Buffy turns and heads upstairs.
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INT. SUMMERS HOME— BUFFY’S BATHROOM— NIGHT
27
Buffy is in her nightgown, preparing for bed and trying to clean the mud and dirt
off her letter jacket. She finally gives up in disgust and heads back into her
bedroom.
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INT. SUMMERS HOME— BUFFY’S ROOM— NIGHT
28
Buffy sits down at her armoire and ties a red ribbon into her hair. She turns out
the light and walks over to her bed where she reclines into Lothos’ arms. He hands
her stuffed bear to her and she closes her eyes and drifts off to sleep as we pull
back to reveal that she is no longer in her bedroom, but rather Lothos’ lair.
Buffy suddenly snaps awake with a gasp, back in her own bedroom and alone
once again. Spooked, she reaches up to her hair and finds the red ribbon tied there
just as in her dream.
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INT. LOTHOS’ LAIR— NIGHT
29
Cassandra lies on her back on a small couch with Amilyn crouched over her,
stroking her hair.
AMILYN
Wake up, sweetie. You’ll be late for school. Are we having a
nightmare, Cassandra? (whispers) He knows you’re awake. Your
heartbeat sounds out to him like thunder.
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Movement catches her eye and she looks up to see Lothos hovering overhead,
cape extended like a giant bat. He drifts down next to Cassandra and chuckles
menacingly.
CASSANDRA
Who are you?
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— GIRLS’ LOCKER ROOM— DAY
Nicole and Jennifer grab their pom-poms and head for the gym just as Buffy
enters.
JENNIFER
Oh, hi!
NICOLE
Wow. You’re late.
BUFFY
I’m gonna practice.
NICOLE
Cool. See you out there.
BUFFY
Okay, bye.
Buffy goes to her locker and starts changing as Merrick appears from around the
corner.
BUFFY
Oh, God! What are you doing here? This is a naked place.
MERRICK
You were supposed to meet me an hour ago.
BUFFY
I told you that I have practice.
MERRICK
And I told you to skip it.
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BUFFY
Listen, I think there’s been a big mistake, all right? I mean, I
appreciate that there are real vampires and that you’re on this big
holy mission but obviously somebody read their tea leaves wrong
’cause I’m not your girl. And I don’t think I’m up to it. And just
between you and me, neither do you.
MERRICK
You have missed years of training.
BUFFY
See?
MERRICK
And you are undisciplined, frivolous.
BUFFY
Don’t I know it.
MERRICK
Quite possibly the most vacuous choice in my entire—
BUFFY
Okay, okay! I think we both get the point.
MERRICK
Right. Then I don’t think there’s anything more for us to say.
BUFFY
I guess not. Good luck and all.
Merrick turns to leave, then hesitates.
MERRICK
Oh, yes. There is one thing.
BUFFY
(exasperated)
What?
MERRICK
This.
He holds up a hunting knife, then whips it at Buffy. With lightning-quick reflexes,
she catches it, the blade mere inches from her face.
MERRICK
Bravo.
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Buffy looks at the knife in shock.
BUFFY
(incredulous)
You threw a knife at my head.
MERRICK
Yes, I had to show you.
BUFFY
But… you threw a knife at my head!
MERRICK
And you caught it. Only the Chosen One could have caught it.
Buffy points the knife at him and backs him across the locker room.
BUFFY
Don’t you get it? I don’t want to be the Chosen One. I don’t
want to spend the rest of my life chasing vampires. All I want to
do is graduate from high school, go to Europe, marry Christian
Slater and die! Now it may not sound too exciting to a scone-head
like you but I think it’s swell. You come along and tell me that
I’m a member of the Hairy Mole Club so you can throw things at
me?
MERRICK
Buffy, it was necessary.
BUFFY
Last night you knew I was sitting in a fresh grave, didn’t you?
MERRICK
Yes, because I had to make you aware of the implica—
Buffy punches him square in the face. Merrick gasps and holds his nose in pain.
For her part, Buffy is surprised at her own strength.
BUFFY
Oh! Wow. I never hit anybody before.
MERRICK
(muffled)
Really? Well, you did it perfectly.
BUFFY
I didn’t even break a nail…
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INT. ABANDONED BALLROOM— DAY
31
Merrick has turned the ballroom into a training facility. Buffy is working out,
testing her newfound abilities. She boxes with a hanging bag, climbs ropes and
tests her agility and weapons aptitude.
She spars with Merrick, punching his padded palms. He raises one hand high and
when she goes for it, he sweeps her feet out from under her.
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE— DAY
32
Principal Murray looks out his window and notes the time as Buffy runs into the
school late.
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EXT. HEMERY HIGH— COURTYARD— DAY
33
Buffy jumps up from the table where she and her friends are eating when she
spots Jeffrey approaching. She jumps into his arms and kisses him passionately.
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INT. ABANDONED BALLROOM— DAY
33
Buffy’s training progresses, her talents honed, but she still needs work.
She executes a rolling flip and whips a stake at a hanging dummy. Much to
Merrick’s dismay, the stake embeds itself in the mannequin’s thigh.
Buffy and Merrick spar again. However, this time when Merrick tries the foot
sweep, Buffy easily avoids it and knocks him off his feet instead. She brings the
stake down, stopping inches from his neck. He smiles and moves the stake over
his chest.
MERRICK
The heart. Remember?
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Later. Buffy’s training is over for the day.
BUFFY
So when do I meet this guy Lothos?
MERRICK
I don’t know. When he comes to you in your dreams, what does
he do to you? How does he make you feel?
BUFFY
He… he scares me.
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE— DAY
The principal has Buffy in for a meeting. Buffy is exhausted and dozes while he
lectures her.
PRINCIPAL MURRAY
Well, I think we can safely say that there’s something going on
with you, Buffy. Now there’s nothing to be nervous about.
You’re not in any kind of trouble. Don’t think of me as Gary
Murray administrator. No, think of me as Gary Murray, party
guy. A happenin’ dude who can talk to the young. So tell me…
it’s drugs, isn’t it?
Buffy yawns, then notices a fly buzzing about the office.
PRINCIPAL MURRAY
Hey, I know where you’re coming from. Believe me, I’ve had my
drug experiences. Oh, yeah, I did a lot— well, some— acid in the
60’s.
Buffy reaches over to Murray’s desk and takes a pushpin out of a jar. She tracks
the fly with her eyes, ignoring Murray altogether.
PRINCIPAL MURRAY
See, I was at a Doobie Brothers concert and I could see the music
flowing into me. It was bright red and electric. And I felt like I
was a big toaster, you know? And I thought well, maybe I am a
toaster and we’re all molecules. You know, my friend Melissa,
her head looked like a big party balloon and whoa, that scared me.
Buffy puts the pin in her mouth and then spits it at the fly, impaling it on the
wall.
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PRINCIPAL MURRAY
Then I… started to freak out.
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INT. ZEPH’S AUTO SHOP— GARAGE— DAY
35
Pike is making hurried repairs to his van.
PIKE
(yells)
You said you’d have the part by two o’clock. Christ, it’s almost
dark!
Pike slams the hood closed and dumps the tools in their toolbox. ZEPH looks up
from his newspaper.
ZEPH
What crawled up your bungus? Where the hell are you going?
PIKE
I’m leavin’, man. I’m bailin’ town. This place has gotten way too
hairy.
ZEPH
Where the hell am I gonna find a mechanic stupid enough to work
for my kind of money?
PIKE
Seen Benny lately?
ZEPH
No. Hey, you want me to give him a message?
PIKE
You should think about leaving too, man. Sell this place. There’s
something going on around here. I don’t know… something
weird.
ZEPH
Hey, what do you want me to do if I see Benny?
PIKE
Run.
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EXT. LOS ANGELES STREETS— ALLEY— NIGHT
36
Buffy is on her first patrol, dressed in jeans and a stocking cap and carrying a
backpack full of weapons.
BUFFY
(to herself)
Nice night for a walk.
She suddenly grabs her side as if in pain.
BUFFY
God, it’s cold… dark.
She slowly makes her way down the alley, trying to look as defenseless as
possible.
BUFFY
(sings)
Feelings… whoa, whoa, whoa, feelings. Boy, I’m feeling really
helpless…
She grimaces as another cramp hits her. A furtive noise draws her attention.
BUFFY
Hello?
She turns around but there’s no one there. Suddenly, a vampire drops down in
front of her from directly above. It hisses and grabs her but she deftly rolls and
flips him off. The creature scrambles to his feet as Buffy retrieves a stake from her
pack.
Buffy executes a standing somersault and whips the stake at the vampire, impaling
him cleanly through the heart, then runs at him with a flying kick and rams it
home.
The vampire falls over dead as Merrick enters the mouth of the alley holding a
stopwatch. He clicks it off, marking her time.
BUFFY
Toaster-caked him!
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INT. MERRICK’S STUDIO— NIGHT
37
Buffy and Merrick return from patrol and Buffy moves around the room, turning
on the lights.
BUFFY
It was a trap, get it? I led him in.
MERRICK
It was a blind alley, get it? If there’d been any more of them you
would be dead by now. You must never forget the cardinal rule,
Buffy: one vampire is a lot easier to kill than ten.
BUFFY
Does the word “duh” mean anything to you?
MERRICK
You felt sick, didn’t you? You had cramps?
BUFFY
Nice conversationalist! Yeah, I felt them a little. But I’m not due
for another couple of weeks since you’re so hot on the subject.
MERRICK
Of course you’re not. It was a natural reaction on the part of the
Slayer. A reaction to their unnaturalness. And you’re going to be
able to use that to track them.
BUFFY
Great. My secret weapon is PMS. That’s just terrific. Thanks
for telling me.
MERRICK
It’s not a weapon. It’s an alert system.
BUFFY
Well, aren’t we kung-fu. I don’t see you out there killing any
vampires.
MERRICK
I play my part.
BUFFY
You can play with your part all you want but it’s my neck on
the block. I’m out there risking my life! I’m risking my life and
you’re not doing anything.
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MERRICK
I train girls to be Slayers. I have done so for a hundred lives and I
shall continue to do so. I am born each time with the knowledge
that my purpose is to prepare the Chosen One for her battle. I
am not a Slayer and I must not interfere— even if I want to—
even if I think that this time the girl… is truly exceptional.
BUFFY
So… what do you do? I mean, you just keep on living the same
old life over and over?
MERRICK
Yes. Yes, until…
BUFFY
What? Until there aren’t anymore vampires? Then what?
MERRICK
(smiles)
Then maybe I’ll go to heaven.
BUFFY
Or maybe you’ll just get a job.
MERRICK
(wistful)
Oh, a job… I would have been a wonderful boot maker.
BUFFY
That is so dull! I’m going to be a buyer.
MERRICK
Of what?
BUFFY
I don’t know. It’s just a job I heard of. Sounded pretty cool, you
know? Buying, buyer, to buy. I like that.
She gets a bottle of water for herself and brings Merrick a cup of tea. Merrick
seems uncomfortable discussing Buffy’s future with her.
MERRICK
We should go to work.
BUFFY
Yeah, quick, before anybody has any fun. (beat) Merrick, I’m not
gonna croak that easily. I have something that the other girls
didn’t have.
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MERRICK
And what might that be, pray?
BUFFY
(smiles)
My keen fashion sense.
MERRICK
Oh, vampires of the world beware.
BUFFY
(laughs)
Merrick, you made a joke! That’s good. Are you all right? Do
you want to lie down? I know it hurts the first time. (beat) But it
was a good joke.
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EXT. HOLLYWOOD HILLS— NIGHT
38
Pike is in his van, pulled over onto the shoulder, trying to turn the engine over.
He’s not having much luck.
PIKE
Come on, baby. Come on. You’re close. This is not my night.
Pike looks up into the rearview mirror and sees nothing but empty road behind
him. He turns at the sound of approaching footsteps and looks out the back
window to find two men walking toward his van.
Pike turns around to crank the engine again and gasps at the sight of Amilyn
floating toward him. He frantically turns the key in the ignition.
PIKE
Come on, baby. This is for the money. Make me proud. Come
on!
The engine finally catches and Pike snaps the headlights on, blinding Amilyn.
PIKE
Yes, all right.
He drops the van into reverse and hits the gas. The van smashes into the two
vampires approaching from behind, sending them sprawling to the pavement.
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Amilyn leaps onto the hood as Pike shifts into drive and speeds down the canyon
road. Pike swerves from side to side, trying to throw the demon off, to no avail.
Amilyn snarls at Pike through the windshield and stubbornly hangs on.
PIKE
Get off my car, dude.
Pike swerves off the road and into a wooded meadow. He heads for a large tree,
intending to crush Amilyn between the van and the tree trunk, but at the last
instant, Amilyn flips up onto the roof of the vehicle. Pike swerves madly to avoid
the tree.
Amilyn punches down through the roof of the van and reaches for Pike. He fights
off the vampire and accelerates toward another tree with low-hanging branches.
The van shoots under and Amilyn looks up in shock as a tree limb sweeps him off
the roof, separating him from his arm.
The vampire’s arm falls into Pike’s lap and he tosses it away in horror.
Distracted, he looks up just in time to see a tree looming in the windshield. He
scream as the van smashes to halt against the tree trunk. Pike’s guitar case shoots
out the windshield and comes to rest in the grass.
Dazed, Pike pulls himself out of the van only to find an armless Amilyn and his
two minions approaching.
PIKE
Oh, give me a break.
AMILYN
You ruined my new jacket. (to minions) Kill him a lot.
The minions come for him and Pike takes off running. He trips and falls but spots
his guitar case nearby. He opens it and takes out the guitar, wielding it like a club.
He smashes it across the head of one of the vampires, shattering the guitar. The
vampire, however, isn’t even fazed. It tackles Pike and lunges for his neck. Pike
punches the creature to no effect. The vampire retaliates with several blows of his
own, doubling Pike over.
Suddenly, a kick comes out of nowhere, catching the vampire in the head and
sending him reeling to the ground. Buffy jumps on top of him and quickly runs a
stake through his chest.
She stands up and looks over at a stunned Pike.
BUFFY
Hi.
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PIKE
Uhh…
BUFFY
Is that your van?
PIKE
Yeah, it was. I was—
The other vampire attacks, throwing Buffy to the ground and seizing Pike. Buffy
picks up the neck of the shattered guitar, breaks it in half, and charges the
vampire. She decks him with a roundhouse kick, then impales him with the guitar.
As she stands up from the vampire’s corpse, Merrick appears beside her.
MERRICK
(re: guitar)
Interesting choice.
BUFFY
Last minute decision. (to Pike) Sorry about your guitar.
PIKE
(to Merrick)
Hey, you’re that weird guy.
Merrick helps Pike to his feet.
MERRICK
You’ve been hurt.
PIKE
Oh, no… but they say any one you can walk away from is
good…
He suddenly staggers and collapses into Buffy’s arms, unconscious.
BUFFY
You know this guy?
MERRICK
Well, somewhat. He’s rather fond of passing out just as I happen
by.
Merrick takes Pike’s feet and he and Buffy carry him away.
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INT. SUMMERS HOME— FOYER— NIGHT
39
Buffy and Pike enter and Buffy flips on the lights.
BUFFY
You doing all right? You okay?
PIKE
Yeah, I’m good. I kinda miss my knees, though.
BUFFY
Want some water or anything? Kitchen’s in here.
PIKE
Nope. Got it covered.
He takes out his flask and follows Buffy down the hall.
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INT. SUMMERS HOME— KITCHEN— NIGHT
Pike takes a healthy swig from his flask as Buffy goes to the fridge and takes out
the ice bucket. She takes off her shirt and starts inspecting her injuries.
PIKE
So you do this a lot? I mean, is it like a hobby for you?
BUFFY
Not exactly.
PIKE
They were vampires, weren’t they?
BUFFY
Yeah.
PIKE
God! Vampires. Unbelievable.
BUFFY
You had a car full of stuff. Were you leaving?
PIKE
Yeah, I was bailing. I got this friend and he’s really… well, he’s
really a vampire, I guess. It’s not a good scene. It’s a bad scene
and tomorrow I’m on a bus. I’m outta here.
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Pike notices the wound Buffy is icing down. It’s bleeding quite a bit.
PIKE
Wow, you okay?
BUFFY
Yeah, I’m fine.
PIKE
You sure?
BUFFY
It doesn’t hurt, okay?
She turns and walks out of the room. Pike hesitates a moment, then follows.
PIKE
Who are you? I’m sorry, but you seem like such a flake— and I
mean that in a good way, really. Hey, I can keep talking until you
strike me dead or not. I prefer not.
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BUFFY
Things are kinda confusing.
PIKE
I’ll buy that.
BUFFY
Three weeks ago, all I could think about was— well, I didn’t
actually think about anything— but I definitely didn’t expect
this. You know what it’s like when everything is suddenly
different? Everything you thought was crucial seems so… stupid.
You find yourself babbling incoherently to a strange man in your
living room.
She looks away, embarrassed.
PIKE
Are you calling me a man?
Buffy turns toward the stairs.
BUFFY
Listen, I’m gonna go to bed. If you want… to stay, you can stay
in the guest room.
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PIKE
No, I’ll stay right here. Make sure the sun comes up and
everything.
BUFFY
Okay.
PIKE
I know what it’s like.
Buffy smiles at him for a moment, then heads upstairs.
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INT. LOTHOS’ LAIR— NIGHT
42
Lothos looms over Amilyn, furious.
LOTHOS
You fool. You left the others behind because of a little thing like
this… on their first kill?
AMILYN
He took my arm.
LOTHOS
It’s your own fault… reckless imbecile. The City of Angels is
ours for the taking but you… twelve hundred years old and you
behave like a child.
AMILYN
I had him in my grasp.
LOTHOS
Cheer up. You may still. Do something about that arm. It looks
horrible. Honestly, I don’t know how you made it through the
Crusades. I’ll be in my chamber…
He bends over and picks up a kitten.
LOTHOS
Having a little snack.
Lothos leaves and Amilyn stares after him, fangs bared in anger.
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— CORRIDOR— DAY
43
Nicole, Kimberly and Jennifer are on their way to class. Buffy follows behind,
walking with them but not really a part of the group anymore.
KIMBERLY
And then they found Cassandra’s body in the hills?
JENNIFER
I know. It’d been there for a week. It was all icky.
NICOLE
It’s awful.
JENNIFER
Awful.
KIMBERLY
She still had my jacket.
NICOLE
The yellow leather? You didn’t get that back from her?
JENNIFER
I’m so sorry!
KIMBERLY
I loved that jacket.
Buffy can’t believe she used to call these people her friends.
Jeffrey and Andy walk in and head for their lockers.
ANDY
They’re having some kind of memorial service or something
tomorrow. You going?
JEFFREY
I don’t know. Coach says I gotta work on my abs.
As Buffy walks past, Andy plants his hand on her butt.
ANDY
Oh, got to get some!
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Buffy instantly reacts and flips Andy onto the floor, lifts him up and throws him
against the lockers. Nicole, Jennifer and Kimberly look mortified.
ANDY
Whoa! Whoa! I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I don’t actually need any
right now.
JEFFREY
(to Buffy)
Hey, what is it with you?
BUFFY
(to Andy)
Don’t grab me, okay?
ANDY
(terrified)
Absolutely. I see now the error of my mistake.
JEFFREY
(to Andy)
Hey, keep your hand off my thing. I’ll pop you one. (to Buffy)
Did he scare you?
He puts his arm around Buffy but she shrugs him off.
BUFFY
I can take care of myself, all right?
JEFFREY
So I noticed.
She walks out and slams the door.
JEFFREY
(to himself)
Nice to feel needed.
ANDY
Yo, Jeff. Let’s move out.
JEFFREY
Yes.
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INT. MERRICK’S STUDIO— DAY
44
Buffy is packing her cheerleading gear into a backpack.
BUFFY
I’ve missed three practices already and if I’m not at that game
tomorrow, everybody’s gonna start talking.
MERRICK
Another distraction. It isn’t right.
BUFFY
Why? Because it isn’t my fate? It isn’t in the Book of All
Knowledgefulness that I’ll be cheering at the Riverview game
tomorrow? Lighten up, Merrick.
MERRICK
None of the other girls ever gave me this much trouble.
BUFFY
And where are they now? Hello.
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— GYMNASIUM— NIGHT
45
The Coach is trying to explain his New Age strategy to his team.
COACH
Therefore, if we all work together, together it’ll all work out! Are
you with me? Now get out there! Score some… uh, points!
Grueller walks up to the bench, suited out to play.
COACH
Hey, wait! You missed practice again today. I think you better
sit down and think about how that made me feel.
Grueller sits down and turns to his teammates, smiling wickedly. His ears are
pointed and his teeth are long and sharp.
GRUELLER
Go team, go. Rah!
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The court. Buffy and the squad start their routine.
CHEERLEADERS
Ready? Okay. How funky is your chicken? How funky is your
chicken? How loose is your goose? Our goose is totally loose. So
come on all you hog fans, so come on all you hog fans, and shake
your caboose, and shake your caboose.
The girls whoop and cheer and run off the court.
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Later. Hemery is losing, 69 to 72. The coach motions a player to the bench and
points at Grueller.
COACH
Murph, come on out. (to Grueller) Okay, you’re in and
remember— you’re special.
GRUELLER
Thanks.
He hands his warm-up jacket to the coach and trots out onto the court.
COACH
All right! Assert your personhood. Actualize. Actualize!
The opposing team inbounds the ball to Grueller and he runs circles around the
players, dodging and weaving with unnatural agility. This attracts Buffy attention
on the sideline and she drops out of the routine to watch more closely.
On the court, Jeffrey waves his arm, trying to get Grueller’s attention.
JEFFREY
I’m open. Grueller, I’m open!
Grueller ignores him and slam dunks the ball, floating back down to the floor.
GRUELLER
That’ll show ’em.
The REFEREE runs over to the Hemery coach.
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REFEREE
Coach, we can’t have this. That’s not right. You gotta get him
outta there.
COACH
I hear you. That’s reprehensible… but the points count, right?
REFEREE
Get him out!
Grueller walks up to the opposing player who has the ball and bares his fangs.
The player recoils and hands over the ball to Grueller.
PLAYER
Take it, man.
He backs away from Grueller as his teammates react in anger. The Hemery coach
turns to the players on his bench.
COACH
Will you go get him out?
Buffy looks up at Merrick who nods.
On the court, Grueller is dribbling the ball alone, surrounded by the opposing
team. His own team stands off to the side, watching with dismay.
ANDY
(to Jeffrey)
Grueller’s pretty much abandoned the concept of zones.
One of the visiting players steals the ball from Grueller and breaks for the
opposite end of the court. Grueller hisses in anger and chases after him.
Buffy drops her pom-poms and sweeps Grueller’s feet out from under him as he
runs past, sending him crashing to the floor.
FAN
There’s a girl on the court!
Grueller stares at Buffy with rage, then bolts for the door. Buffy chases after him.
MERRICK
Buffy!
BUFFY
He knows who I am!
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Buffy’s friends can’t believe what they’ve just witnessed. They slowly make
their way off the court as the game ends and the crowd files out of the bleachers.
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EXT. LOS ANGELES— STREETS— NIGHT
46
Grueller runs up to a BIKER talking on a payphone and snarls at him, then runs
off.
BIKER
(into phone)
Yeah, the gearbox— ah! Hey, Eric, must be halftime.
Buffy barrels into the biker a second later.
BIKER
Hey, babe. Want to get some real power between your legs?
BUFFY
Yeah, I do.
She pulls one of the biker’s friends off his cycle, gets on and drives off.
BIKER
Dyke! You’re a dyke! I’m tellin’ the world!
His buddies mockingly laugh at him, losing his bike to a girl.
Buffy chases Grueller down an alley. At the end, he leaps a chain-link fence and
drops down on the other side.
BUFFY
Grueller! Grueller! Come on…
She does a U-turn and speeds back out of the alley.
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EXT. LOS ANGELES STREETS— NIGHT
Pike and a friend are working on a motorcycle as Buffy speeds past.
PIKE
Buff!
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He jumps on the bike, kick starts it and takes off after her.
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EXT. STORAGE LOT— NIGHT
48
Buffy follows Grueller into a storage lot. She passes a sign which reads:
Pasadena Parade Floats
Storage Yard
Parade Personnel Only
No Unauthorized Entry
Buffy rides into the lot on the motorcycle and hops off, letting the bike crash to a
halt against one of the mothballed parade floats.
She makes her way among the colorful floats, holding her side in pain. She stops
and looks around, taking her bearings.
A huge chipmunk head falls over on top of her, knocking her to the ground. She
looks up to find Grueller looming over her, laughing evilly. Buffy winces in pain.
GRUELLER
Someone get an ouchy?
BUFFY
Grueller, it’s me. Remember me? Buffy. We used to hang. My
birthday party? You drank all the blueberry schnapps and luged
on my mom.
She backs away but two more vampires are there to restrain her.
BUFFY
(to Grueller)
You were my friend!
GRUELLER
Now I’m a god.
He walks toward her and she kicks him in the face, sending him staggering
backward, right onto Pike’s stake. Grueller’s eyes go wide with shock as Pike
drives the wood home.
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PIKE
And now you’re a coat rack.
Grueller falls over, dead.
PIKE
Geek.
Buffy breaks free of the two vampires and one chases after Pike while Buffy beats
the other one down. She breaks off a piece of one of the floats and impales the
creature.
The second vampire chases Pike into a dead end. Pike swings at him several times
but the demon ducks every blow. Pike points to the sky.
PIKE
Look, there!
As the witless creature looks up, Pike decks him. Behind the vampire, Buffy
somersaults across the lot, leaping through the air and landing on the vampire’s
head. He crashes to the ground beneath her and she lands on top of Pike, their
faces inches apart.
PIKE
Hi.
BUFFY
Hi. What are you doing here?
PIKE
What am I doing here? I’m saving your butt. (off her look) Well,
there was sort of an exchange of butts. At least I didn’t faint.
BUFFY
Pike, you shouldn’t have come back.
PIKE
What am I gonna do, run? Where am I gonna go? These guys are
everywhere and I want to do some damage. I’m good with
damage.
Buffy smiles at him and stands up.
BUFFY
I better find Merrick.
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She helps him to his feet and they head off through the maze of floats. They
round a corner to find Lothos and Amilyn standing atop a Pegasus float.
LOTHOS
I didn’t expect to see you so soon.
Buffy stares at him, terrified.
PIKE
(to Buffy)
I know that guy. That is a bad guy. Can we go, please?
LOTHOS
(to Buffy)
Has our time finally come? Have you ripened so fast?
Lothos floats through the air and comes to rest across the lot from her.
LOTHOS
Come closer. Look at me.
Buffy does as he says without hesitation, moving as if in a trance.
PIKE
Does anybody here have a problem with this but me?
Amilyn snarls menacingly at Pike. Buffy stops before Lothos and he raises a
flower to her face.
LOTHOS
Come into my eyes. Yes…
PIKE
(to Buffy)
Hey! Hello. This is not a caring nurturer here. This guy’s a
blood-sucking fiend from beyond the grave.
AMILYN
Will you be wagging that jaw of yours while I’m biting it off?
PIKE
Are you addressing I?
LOTHOS
Who’s ready to stop me?
Merrick appears out of the shadows behind Lothos, a wooden dagger raised.
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LOTHOS
It’s not you, Merrick. You finally brought me someone real. But
is she ready?
MERRICK
Well, actually, she’s quite a pain in the ass.
LOTHOS
What a pity.
PIKE
Your move, Merrick.
Lothos looks to Amilyn who moves toward Pike. Pike pushes him back.
PIKE
Come on, lefty. Remember what happened last time you messed
with me?
Amilyn lifts Pike off the ground with his remaining arm.
AMILYN
I remember.
PIKE
Shit!
Amilyn throws Pike across the lot and into one of the floats.
MERRICK
She’s not ready for you, Lothos.
LOTHOS
That’s too bad. I had such high hopes. (to Buffy) Close your eyes.
As he lowers his fangs to Buffy’s neck, Merrick steps forward.
MERRICK
No! Not this one, Lothos.
He raises the dagger but Lothos easily seizes his arms and stabs Merrick with his
own weapon.
LOTHOS
Ashes to ashes…
Merrick turns to Buffy with the dagger protruding from his chest.
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MERRICK
Oh, look… what I’ve done.
LOTHOS
Dust to dust.
Lothos abruptly turns and walks off.
LOTHOS
(to Amilyn)
We’re leaving.
AMILYN
We’re not eating?
Amilyn hesitates a moment, then runs after Lothos. Merrick staggers and Buffy
helps lower him to the ground.
BUFFY
Stay still.
MERRICK
I am still.
BUFFY
We’ll get some help.
MERRICK
You… you do… everything wrong.
BUFFY
Sorry. I take it back.
MERRICK
No… do it wrong. Don’t play our game. Lothos is a… is a show.
Remember about the music. Listen. When the music stops, the
rest is—
Merrick’s eyes close and his breathing stops as he dies.
BUFFY
Merrick? Merrick… oh…
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INT. MERRICK’S STUDIO— NIGHT
49
Buffy sits among Merrick’s things and stares into space while Pike watches over
her.
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— GYMNASIUM— DAY
Nicole, Jennifer and Kimberly are constructing decorations for the dance.
NICOLE
It really was mondo bizarre.
KIMBERLY
Oh, please! When she ran out into the court in the middle of the
game? Wasn’t that the most out of it thing ever or did I blink?
NICOLE
No. Way mental.
The door opens and Buffy enters. She picks up a basketball and walks over to her
friends.
NICOLE
Oh… hi, Buffy.
BUFFY
Hi, guys.
NICOLE
You were supposed to be here at three.
BUFFY
Yeah, I know. I’m sorry. I forgot.
KIMBERLY
Buffy, what is your sitch? You’re acting like the Thing From
Another Tax Bracket. It’s too weird.
BUFFY
Listen, a lot’s been going on, you guys, okay? And I really
wanted to talk to you guys about it.
They all look at her expectantly.
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BUFFY
See… a couple of weeks ago, I met this guy.
KIMBERLY
Oh, my God! You’re having an affair?
NICOLE
Cool!
JENNIFER
Does Jeffrey know?
BUFFY
It’s not about that. He’s like old. He’s fifty.
KIMBERLY
Eeeewww!
NICOLE
Sick!
JENNIFER
Gross!
BUFFY
Haven’t you guys noticed what’s been going here? The strange
things? Haven’t you noticed the people disappearing? Turning
up dead?
NICOLE
What are you talking about?
KIMBERLY
Weird? You mean like hanging out with that homeless Poke?
BUFFY
(hard)
Pike.
NICOLE
(gasps)
Eeww. You’re having an affair with him?
JENNIFER
He doesn’t look fifty.
BUFFY
(angry)
Guys, I think reality stepped out of here about five minutes ago.
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KIMBERLY
Oh, thank you very much.
NICOLE
Yeah, like you’ve got a grip.
KIMBERLY
You’re so out of it. Jennifer says you’ve blown off cheerleading
and now dance committee?
BUFFY
Excuse me for having something important to do.
KIMBERLY
And this isn’t important? This happens to be the dance.
BUFFY
Right. It’s a dance. It’s a stupid dance with a bunch of stupid
people that I see every stupid day.
NICOLE
Like now we’re like stupid?
KIMBERLY
You know, Buffy, this doesn’t happen to be just any dance. It
happens to be the last dance of our last year.
NICOLE
Except for the semi-formal.
JENNIFER
Right. And the totally formal.
KIMBERLY
Oh, yeah.
NICOLE
Yeah and the senior prom.
KIMBERLY
Okay! Look, Buffy, if you want to play house with the
unwashed masses, that’s fine. But personally, I think you should
spend a little time prioritizing. I really do.
BUFFY
What language are you speaking?
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KIMBERLY
Get out of my facial!
Kimberly stands up in a huff and stalks off.
NICOLE
Well, I guess you got what you came for.
BUFFY
Nic…
NICOLE
Later for it.
She gets up and leaves also.
BUFFY
Jen…
Jennifer quickly follows the other two, leaving Buffy by herself.
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EXT. LOS ANGELES STREETS— NIGHT
51
Buffy is walking down the street alone, past the brightly lit storefronts. Pike pulls
alongside her on his motorbike.
PIKE
Buff! What’ve you been doing? I looked all over for you.
BUFFY
I’m going shopping. Don’t try to stop me.
PIKE
Cool. I need some Allen wrenches. What do you need?
BUFFY
A dress.
PIKE
For what?
BUFFY
A dance.
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PIKE
Come again?
BUFFY
I’m going to the senior dance.
PIKE
Second word sounds like dance.
BUFFY
I’m going to the dance!
PIKE
For what?
BUFFY
In order to dance, drink punch, be with my friends…
comprende?
PIKE
No, I don’t comprende. I mean, here the world is under attack by
legions of the undead— you’re going to a mixer!
BUFFY
It’s not a mixer. It’s a senior dance. It’s important. You wouldn’t
understand.
PIKE
No, I wouldn’t understand. I mean, I thought you wanted to kill
vampires.
BUFFY
I don’t want to kill anybody, okay? And I don’t want to talk
about this anymore.
PIKE
What about Merrick? Is that what he’d want?
BUFFY
Merrick’s dead.
PIKE
Cheap shot.
BUFFY
He’s dead because of me. Because I couldn’t lift a hand against
Lothos. I’m in way over my head.
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PIKE
Look, life’s a bitch. I’ll give you that. But Buffy, you’re the guy.
You are the chosen guy.
BUFFY
Right. I’m the Chosen One… and I choose to be shopping.
PIKE
Yeah, I should have known.
BUFFY
Just leave me alone, all right?
She walks off and Pike calls after her.
PIKE
You know, Benny was right. You’re all the same. I’m not
disappointed, just angry!
He kick-starts the bike, revs the engine, and speeds away.
CU on one of those self-picture booths nearby. The curtain opens and Benny
emerges.
BENNY
(incredulous)
Buffy?
He smiles and walks off as the photo machine delivers the picture strip, all of
which are blank.
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INT. LOTHOS’ LAIR— NIGHT
52
Lothos is reclining in his casket with Amilyn at his side.
AMILYN
Buffy.
LOTHOS
Lay out my suit. We will be attending a dance.
AMILYN
A dance? Master, what are we waiting for? The Slayer is
unmasked. Let’s finish it.
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LOTHOS
We’ll wait until Saturday.
AMILYN
Why?
LOTHOS
Because I want to dance.
AMILYN
I am yours to command.
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INT. ZEPH’S AUTO SHOP— PIKE’S ROOM— NIGHT
53
Pike is sitting on his bed sharpening stakes with a knife.
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INT. LOS ANGELES MALL— CLOTHING STORE— NIGHT
54
Buffy pensively holds a dress up in a mirror, the shopping experience not what it
used to be.
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INT. ZEPH’S AUTO SHOP— PIKE’S ROOM— NIGHT
55
Pike stands before the mirror over his bathroom sink, his face covered in shaving
cream. He uses a straight razor to shave his side burns and goatee off.
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— GYMNASIUM— NIGHT
The dance is in full swing, the gym festooned with “Save the World” decorations.
Students gyrate on the dance floor to a frantic techno-pop beat.
Kimberly and Nicole stand off to one side, snidely commenting between
themselves on their fellow students.
NICOLE
Look at that.
Kimberly giggles.
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NICOLE
This one doesn’t have a mirror at home.
KIMBERLY
Shhh!
The door opens and Buffy enters, dressed in a white formal gown. She spots
Andy on the dance floor and heads over to him.
BUFFY
Have you seen Jeffrey?
ANDY
If I say no are you going to hurt me?
BUFFY
No.
ANDY
No.
Buffy smiles and makes her way through the crowd to Nicole and Kimberly.
BUFFY
Hi, guys.
NICOLE
Hi.
BUFFY
Have you seen Jeffrey? Since the limo didn’t show up, I thought
maybe he’d be here. (off their amused looks) What?
Nicole and Kimberly merely laugh and shake their heads. Buffy turns and follows
their gaze to find Jeffrey standing behind her.
BUFFY
Jeffrey, there you are.
JEFFREY
Buffy, what are you doing here?
BUFFY
I thought we were gonna come here together.
JEFFREY
I’m here with Jenny.
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Jennifer walks up, laughing, and hands Jeffrey a glass of punch.
BUFFY
I don’t get it.
JEFFREY
Come on, Buff. You know what’s going on. It’s not working out
at all. You gotta move on. I got needs, too. I told you about all
this.
BUFFY
No, you didn’t.
JEFFREY
Didn’t you get my message?
BUFFY
(angry)
You left me a message?
JEFFREY
You weren’t home. Like always.
BUFFY
You broke up with my machine?
JEFFREY
I’m out of here.
He snaps his fingers as he walks off.
JEFFREY
Jenny!
Jennifer looks awkwardly at Buffy for a moment, then scurries after him.
Dejected, Buffy heads to the back of the gym to ponder her options.
The gym door opens behind her and a clean-cut Pike enters. He makes his way
through the crowd until he spots Buffy. He buttons his shirt, takes a deep breath
and heads over to her, pulling a fake rose off the wall as he goes. He taps her on
the shoulder and she brightens when she sees him.
BUFFY
Pike!
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PIKE
I crashed your party.
He hands the flower to her.
BUFFY
(smiles)
How shallow of you.
PIKE
Yeah, well, I’m pretty shallow.
BUFFY
I’m glad you came.
PIKE
Well, you seemed to be having a swell time… you know, Queen
of the Cardboard Jungle.
She smiles coyly at him.
PIKE
Would I get my ass kicked if I asked you to dance?
BUFFY
Maybe.
He steps back onto the dance floor and she follows. He takes her hand and she
wraps her arms around him, dancing cheek to cheek.
PIKE
You know, Buffy, you’re not like other girls.
BUFFY
Yes, I am.
He nods in understanding as their lips meet in a tender kiss.
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57
POV: Muted music and flickering lights come from the gym as someone or
something approaches.
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— GYMNASIUM— NIGHT
Kimberly is sitting on a ledge by the window with her date, watching Buffy and
Pike dance and kiss.
KIMBERLY
I can’t believe it.
Suddenly, the window next to her shatters and a snarling vampire reaches in and
seizes her by the arm. The students scream as other windows shatter and more
vampires surround the building. The frightened high school kids huddle in the
center of the gym.
ANDY
Is somebody kidding?
A student runs in from outside, bleeding profusely from a neck wound.
BLOODY STUDENT
Oh, man! There are vampires out there, man.
He looks down at his blood-smeared hands, then collapses to the floor.
BLOODY STUDENT
Oh, my God!
BUFFY
(to crowd)
Nobody go near the door!
The door flies open and five vampires stand in the threshold, laughing evilly.
VAMPIRE
Party time!
BUFFY
(to Pike)
Don’t worry. They can’t come in unless they’re invited.
KIMBERLY
I already invited them. (off Buffy’s pissed look) They’re seniors!
VAMPIRES
(various)
Wanna dance? The Master wants her. We want her. We want
Buffy. Send her out! Or we’ll come in.
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The principal nervously steps forward.
PRINCIPAL MURRAY
Hey, I have detention slips here and I’m not afraid to use them!
Pike picks up his bag of stakes and rushes over to Buffy.
PIKE
We got a problem. I got a bag full of solutions. What are we
gonna do about it?
Buffy takes the bag and opens it.
BUFFY
You’re staying here.
PIKE
What?
BUFFY
If any of them come in here, it’s gonna turn into a total stain.
PIKE
You say that like it’s a bad thing.
BUFFY
It’s a good thing one of us is prepared.
PIKE
I’m not gonna let you go out there by yourself.
BUFFY
Don’t piss me off.
She gathers up the weapons, kisses Pike, and heads out the door.
PIKE
Buffy! Hey, Buff…
She turns and he tosses her his leather jacket. Buffy puts it on and kicks open the
gym door and faces the horde of vampires.
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EXT. HEMERY HIGH— GYMNASIUM— NIGHT
59
About twenty vampires surround Buffy as she tosses down the stakes,
somersaults into their midst and lashes out, kicking and punching and pounding
the creatures down as they come for her.
Kimberly watches from the window.
KIMBERLY
(to crowd)
It’s okay. I think they’re going after her.
A young blonde vampire turns at the sound of her voice and smiles evilly at her.
Buffy leaps the chain link fence in the parking lot and takes off running. As she
passes Jeffrey’s convertible, Jennifer sits up, straddling Jeffrey in the back seat,
having sex with him. Buffy pauses and looks down at them.
JENNIFER
Jeffrey… wow.
BUFFY
(sarcastic)
That was quick.
The vampire mob starts to scale the fence behind her as she heads off across the
lot but Amilyn appears and holds up his hand, halting them.
AMILYN
Run, Buffy! Run!
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— GYMNASIUM— NIGHT
A vampire is dragging a student through the window as Nicole rushes forward and
stabs him through the neck with a piece of wood.
NICOLE
Eeww!
The students are barricading the doors and windows with anything they can find.
Pike is trying to see Buffy outside but is pushed aside and the window covered.
STUDENT
Look out, dude!
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Buffy kicks open the door and enters the darkened school hallway, the pain in her
gut warning her that vampires are near. Suddenly, Amilyn crashes through the
window and tackles her.
AMILYN
Hi. How’s it going?
He kicks her in the side and she gasps in pain.
BUFFY
(angry)
I’m fine. But you’re obviously having a bad hair day.
AMILYN
Oh, funny.
Amilyn kicks her again, harder this time.
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The vampires have overrun the gym. Screaming students run in every direction.
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Buffy kicks Amilyn back against the wall, then gets up and dashes down the hall.
She tries one door, then another, finding them both locked. The third opens and
she dashes inside.
AMILYN
Or she could go for what’s behind door number three…
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Pike squares off against a vampire and delivers a vicious kick to his head, sending
him sprawling. He turns to find Nicole and Kimberly fending off one of the
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creatures and runs to their aid. Too late, he arrives just as Nicole is dragged
screaming through the window.
Two stoner students calmly watch the melee from the sidelines.
STUDENT
This party sucks, man.
Pike comes crashing down on a table, thrown there by Benny.
BENNY
Come on, come on. Fight like a man.
He tosses Pike across the room again, then pins him by the throat.
BENNY
Isn’t it great, Pike? Isn’t it great? Finally, got those bitches on the
run! You know, honestly, I leave you alone for five minutes and
look who you’re hanging out with. But it doesn’t have to be that
way. I could still change you.
PIKE
(gasping)
Give me a break, Benny.
Benny squeezes harder, choking Pike.
BENNY
Why do you like these people? They’re sheep. Forget them. Live
forever. We could start a band.
Pike manages to break free and staggers away from Benny.
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EXT. HEMERY HIGH— BASEMENT— NIGHT
Buffy runs down the stairs into the basement of the school and looks around. A
work table is set up with a bunch of old band instruments strewn across it. She
looks around, considering her options.
AMILYN
(o.s.)
I’ll get you, Buffy, and you’re little dog, too! I don’t know what
he sees in you. You don’t think you can stand up to him, do
you?
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Amilyn suddenly appears directly behind her.
AMILYN
Admit it, Buffy. Aren’t there times when you just feel less than
fresh?
Buffy jabs Amilyn in the ribs, knocking him backward into the instrument repair
bench. He picks up an old trumpet and swings it at her; she blocks it easily.
AMILYN
You’re pathetic. You’re not even fit to die for him. We’re
immortal, Buffy. We can do anything.
Buffy pins him against the wall and raises her stake.
BUFFY
Oh, yeah? Clap.
She freezes at the sound of a lone violin and turns to find Lothos standing in the
shadows, playing. Amilyn smiles at his master in triumph but Lothos merely
shakes his head at him and shrugs. Amilyn’s eyes go wide with shock as Buffy
rams the stake through his heart.
AMILYN
You’re going to wish you died.
He grasps the stake protruding from his chest and sinks to the floor with an
agonized moan. He twitches, moans, cries and bleats repeatedly until he finally
falls over dead.
Lothos approaches Buffy.
LOTHOS
You know this is our night.
BUFFY
I do.
Lothos seizes her and whispers in her ear.
LOTHOS
It was good, wasn’t it?
BUFFY
What?
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LOTHOS
Killing him. So intimate. Your first real kill and my last gift to
him.
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Benny pins Pike against the wall.
PIKE
Where is she?
BENNY
She’s meat for the beast. The Master wants her… and Uncle Sam
wants you!
Pike takes out his flask and splashes Benny in the face. He howls in agony as the
holy water blisters his skin.
PIKE
Things change, Ben.
BENNY
Aww, what’s up with that, Pike?
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Lothos has tied a red ribbon around Buffy’s throat and holds her in his arms like a
lover.
LOTHOS
It’s time… to put away childish things.
He tilts Buffy’s head back, exposing her neck.
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Pike throws Benny into the circuit breaker on the wall, electrocuting him and
knocking out the power to the school.
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As the lights dim and the music stops, Buffy comes out of her trance. She pulls
the ribbon from around her neck and stands up.
BUFFY
Silence…
LOTHOS
Look at me.
BUFFY
The rest is silence. That’s it.
LOTHOS
What?
BUFFY
Merrick told me. I knew it all along. The music stopped.
Lothos puts his hand on her shoulder.
LOTHOS
Look at me.
BUFFY
It’s too late.
LOTHOS
You and I are one!
He forces her head back but Buffy is no longer under his spell and she’s not
buying it.
BUFFY
One what? Cute couple? I don’t think so!
Lothos turns her around to face him.
LOTHOS
You and I— look at me— you and I are joined.
BUFFY
We’re joined? Please.
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LOTHOS
(enraged)
You stupid little bitch!
He throws her across the room. She lands on the workbench and rolls to the floor.
LOTHOS
How are you going to stop me? I am life beyond death and you
are just like the other girls.
BUFFY
Well, maybe I’ll surprise you.
She whips out a cross and holds it up before her.
LOTHOS
This is your defense? (mocking) Puh-leeze. Your puny faith?
He grabs the cross and it ignites in flame.
BUFFY
No. My keen fashion sense.
Buffy takes out a can of hairspray and shoots it into the flame, enveloping his
head with the resulting conflagration. He gasps in pain as she flees up the stairs.
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— GYMNASIUM— NIGHT
The principal is going from one vampire corpse to another, dropping slips of
paper on each.
PRINCIPAL MURRAY
Detention… detention… detention… I think that’s all. No!
Detention… detention…
Andy notices Buffy as she enters the gym.
ANDY
Hey, look. It’s Buffy.
Kimberly freaks out.
KIMBERLY
Buffy? No! No! Don’t let her in. They’ll kill us! Please keep her
out.
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Principal Murray has had enough. He calmly knocks Kimberly out, then moves
on.
ANDY
Buffy, I didn’t think I was gonna see you again. Are you all
right?
Buffy pushes him aside.
BUFFY
Get out of my way. Find my friend Pike.
Buffy spins around as Lothos crashes through the wall and unsheathes a samurai
sword. Terrified students scatter before him.
LOTHOS
I’ll have you beg. Split open like rotted fruit. All of you.
PRINCIPAL MURRAY
That is definitely not a student.
LOTHOS
(to Buffy)
You are my destiny. I could never hurt you.
He seizes Buffy by the back of her neck and shoves her to the side, then turns to
the crowd.
LOTHOS
I’m going to send you screaming to the pits of hell! Trust me!
Buffy looks up and spots the California flag on a pole, barring one of the doors.
She somersaults over to it, removes the pole and wields it like a sword at Lothos.
LOTHOS
I haven’t finished with you, bitch.
He lunges at Buffy with his sword and she parries his blows. She sweeps him off
his feet and he does the same to her. Suddenly, Pike is there, stake in hand, and
charges Lothos, jumping onto his back.
PIKE
I got him!
Lothos knocks the stake from his hand and throws him to the floor. Lothos
reaches down to pick Pike up by the throat.
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PIKE
(choking)
Well, I had him.
Buffy lunges for Pike’s stake but Lothos tosses Pike aside and kicks the stake
away. She picks up a chair and blocks a crushing blow from Lothos’ sword. The
chair shatters, leaving Buffy holding nothing but a broken piece of wood. Lothos
raises the sword again for another strike. Seeing her opportunity, Buffy darts
forward and slams the piece of wood through Lothos’ chest. He gasps and stares
at her in shock.
LOTHOS
I’m really pissed off.
Buffy executes a spinning kick and drives the stake home.
LOTHOS
Oops.
The master vampire falls to the floor, dead. Buffy crouches down next to Pike and
rolls him over.
BUFFY
Pike?
PIKE
(groggy)
I used to be.
BUFFY
Sorry.
PIKE
Are you okay?
BUFFY
Yeah, I’m all right. Are you okay?
PIKE
I can’t move my legs.
BUFFY
Why?
PIKE
’Cause you’re sitting on them.
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She smiles and helps him up.
BUFFY
Okay, come on. I’ll help you.
Pike stands and surveys the carnage around them.
PIKE
Did I do all of that?
BUFFY
No.
PIKE
Did you do all of that?
BUFFY
Yeah, I did.
Pike takes her hand and leads her onto the dance floor.
PIKE
I… saved you a dance.
BUFFY
Are you gonna ask me?
PIKE
I suppose you want to lead?
BUFFY
No.
PIKE
Me neither.
BUFFY
This is a good thing.
They hold each other and sway back and forth, their only music the approaching
police sirens.
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Pike kick-starts his motorcycle as Buffy climbs on behind him. He lets out the
accelerator and they speed off into the approaching dawn.
End credits.
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INT. HEMERY HIGH— BASEMENT— DAY
A television is on, tuned to a local news report. The REPORTER stands outside
the trashed gymnasium, interviewing the students and faculty.
REPORTER
…and laid siege, if you will, to the Hemery senior dance.
ANDY
They had fangs. They were biting people. They had this look in
their eyes. Totally cold. Animal. I think they were young
Republicans.
PRINCIPAL MURRAY
It was like a nightmare in there. Of course, I had to keep my
head. But I’ve been there, you know. Yeah, I saw a lot of action
in Nam. (beat) Well, I saw Platoon.
KIMBERLY
(dazed, delirious)
I’m very happy to accept this honor and I will try very hard to
fulfill my needs as your next Miss America.
PRINCIPAL MURRAY
I do think the students learned a valuable lesson about safety.
Except the dead ones, I mean. Of course, well, they’ve learned it
but they really didn’t have time to implement it, you know,
and… are we live?
JEFFREY
(nervous)
Well, I thought something was wrong so we really got out of
there before… I mean, I heard stuff. We were nearby when we
heard—
JENNIFER
(crying; to Jeffrey)
I can’t believe I let you do that to me!
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REPORTER
Details are still sketchy as to exactly who is responsible. Gang
members, cultists— everyone seemed to see something different.
This is Liz Smith in Los Angeles.
FADE TO BLACK
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